Image of the week: 16 - 22 May

16 May 2016

MB44-258-2016-05-16
Sheep Dipping! MB44-258-2016-05-16 In early farming days, shearing and dipping were the two busy seasons for farmers. The photo shows sheep are being driven through a "dip" or "bath of insecticide" to protect against lice, keds, ticks and fly-strike. Farmers use long poles to ensure they were dipped right under at least once so their heads were also disinfected. Image credit: Dipping sheep, Mt Peel Station, 1890s, Acland Family papers (MB44, Ref 258). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.